THREE members of Australia’s Northern Territory Parliament – Sandra Nelson, Ngaree Ah Kit and Selena Uibo – shared their stories of making the difficult choice to terminate pregnancies during the debate on proposed legislation to reform the abortion law, which … Continued
Queensland: Opposition MPs block two related bills introducing abortion law reform Queensland’s Liberal National Party decided unanimously not to support the second of a pair of bills reforming abortion law in the state, according to its leader. The two bills, … Continued
The New Zealand Abortion Supervisory Committee (ASC), which is appointed by and reports to the NZ government, made its annual presentation to Parliament’s justice and electoral committee on 16 March 2017. Dame Linda Holloway, ASC chairwoman, told the committee that … Continued
On 3 March, the head of ALRANZ, Terry Bellamak wrote: “Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It marks the beginning of the anti-choicers’ annual [40 day] protest outside hospitals and clinics where abortions are performed. “This year, ALRANZ … Continued
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In December 2016, the Northern Territory Government published a Discussion Paper that contains various proposals to reform abortion laws in the Territory. The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposed reforms. The HRLC … Continued
“The Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act is 40 years old. It was written at a time when abortion was so stigmatised that the royal commission could openly design the law to force women to carry their pregnancies to term in most cases. Only the liberal interpretation of certifying consultants over the years has caused abortion to be more widely available than intended. Over the years, roughly 98% of abortions have been granted on mental health grounds.”
In Victoria, Australia, abortion was decriminalised in October 2008, bringing the law in line with clinical practice and community attitudes. However, according to interviews with 19 abortion service providers from a range of health care settings and geographic locations in the state in 2014-15, while abortion law reform was a positive event, it was perceived to have changed little about the provision of abortion.
“Dame Margaret Sparrow was 21 when she carried out her do-it-yourself abortion. The year was 1956; if you didn’t want a baby, there were few ways out. She sent away for an inky-black elixir from a chemist rumoured to know … Continued
The government of Nauru, a Pacific island 2,500 miles from mainland Australia, has withdrawn a bill that would have legalised abortions for refugee and asylum seeker women following opposition by both government and opposition MPs. The bill had been introduced … Continued